Diaries and Journals – An Introduction

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People write and keep diaries and journals for different reasons. Most of the authors of diaries or journals that have become well-known never intended for anyone to read the thoughts they put on paper. This unit will explore the conventions (normal parts) of a diary or journal entry, the different forms they can take and the type of language that is used in this type of writing.

To start this task:

1) Watch the “War Diary Story” Video as a group and discuss.

2) With a partner, look at the seven examples of diary and journal entries below and discuss each one. Answer these questions:

a. What is the purpose of this piece of writing?

b. What is similar about these entries? What do most of them have in common with each other?

c. What is unique about these entries? How are they different?

d. Which example is most similar to the way you would create a diary or journal entry?

3. Which example is least similar to the way you would create a diary or journal entry?

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